Philanthropy, Voluntarism & Grantmaking, General/Other News

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New Benicia Culture Club Promotes Volunteerism
A new Benicia culture club, which has around 60 members and has held monthly meetings since September, seeks to explore other cultures while simultaneously doing things that gave back to the...more



Retired Oregon Teacher Leads Food Pantry to Serve Low-Income Students
Chris Ferguson, a retired teacher in the Bethel School District, has led a farmers' market-like food pantry at Cascade Middle School every Monday for the last year. At 62, Ferguson is one of the...more

Teens Sleep in Cardboard Boxes for Homeless Fundraiser
Minersville Leo Club teenage members spent their time in cardboard boxes to raise awareness and funds for the homeless for the club's fourth annual 24-hour "Homeless Sleepout." The members...more

Social Entrepreneur Makes a Difference in the Lives of 100,000 Children
Jenny Bowen, founder of the Half the Sky Foundation, has saved the lives of more than 100,000 children in China. And she's still continuing to make a difference for emotionally and physically...more

Local Organizations Receive Grant Awards from SVC Philanthropy Students
Southern Vermont College (SVC) students wrapped up their spring semester philanthropy course by disseminating funds to three local community organizations. Each organization received $1,600...more

Former Banking Protege Earns Philanthropic Recognition
Jeremy Balkin, a former Macquarie banker, receives the honor to one of the most prestigious positions in global finance. He is a chosen representative of Australia as a 'young global leader' at the...more

Houston Couple to Give $4 Billion to Worthy Projects
John Arnold and his wife Laura will give away $4 billion to projects that prove worthy of the money. Arnold has acquired $4 billion in the past decade and chose to give it away for a cause. The...more

Volunteer Team Donates Money to Families of Fire Victims
The One Aliquippa Volunteer Action Team, a volunteer group composed of high school and college students, has donated $200 to two families whose homes were recently struck by fire. The donations...more

#HashtagLunchbagAkron Helps Feed Homeless
An effort to feed the homeless throughout the country via social media, #HashtagLunchbag, has garnered success and has been brought to Akron. With the #HashtagLunchbagAkron event, about 200 sack...more






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How Social Enterprises Are Transforming Societies
Duncan Thorp, Policy and Communications Officer at Social Enterprise Scotland, writes for the Scotsman about empowering community...



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